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Jack Adams Award staff picks: Jack Adams Award

Majority of experts think Capitals' Trotz will be named top coach; Gallant, Ruff also finalists @NHL

The 2016 NHL Awards will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 22, and staffers will be providing their selections for the winners.

The Jack Adams Award is given to the coach who "contributed the most to his team's success." The finalists for the 2015-16 season are Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars, Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals and Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers.

Here are's staff picks for the Jack Adams Award:

Amalie Benjamin, Staff Writer

Gerard Gallant: The Florida Panthers were not expected to win the Atlantic Division, but they did. Gallant found a way to get the most out of his team, which is why he'll win the Jack Adams Award.

Brian Compton, Deputy Managing Editor

Barry Trotz: They're still trying to get over the hump in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the Capitals had the Metropolitan Division essentially wrapped up by the All-Star break and won the Presidents' Trophy with 120 points. Washington scored 59 more goals than it allowed and was consistent throughout the season.

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, Columnist

Barry Trotz: Not only did he coach the best team in the League in the regular season, Trotz brought out the best in one of the game's best players, Alex Ovechkin.

Tom Gulitti, Staff Writer

Barry Trotz: Sometimes the jobs done by the coaches of the top teams get overlooked, but not in this case. Under Trotz's guidance, the Capitals had the most wins (58) and road victories (27) in their history on their way to winning the Presidents' Trophy. They did it with a powerful offense that ranked second in the NHL with 3.02 goals per game, and a stifling defense that finished second, allowing 2.33 goals per game.

Adam Kimelman, Deputy Managing Editor

Barry Trotz: The Capitals were the best team in the League from the first day of the regular season. Trotz had full buy-in from every player on the roster, allowing him to shuffle lines with no complaints. Players enjoy playing for him and willingly play hard for him. He also managed to reinforce his defensive philosophies while keeping the Capitals' high-end offensive players happy and productive.

Mike G. Morreale, Staff Writer

Barry Trotz: He had a lot of talent to work with but also made each player accountable on the way to the Presidents' Trophy. The Capitals were second in the NHL in scoring and in goals allowed, and ranked fifth on the power play and second in penalty-killing.

Shawn P. Roarke, Director of Editorial

Lindy Ruff: The Stars missed the playoffs in 2015 and had made one appearance since 2008. But he took a non-playoff qualifier and guided it to the top of the standings in the Central Division as well as the Western Conference. Dallas outlasted the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators in a loaded Central Division.

Dan Rosen, Senior Writer

Barry Trotz: Sometimes the coach of the best team needs to be rewarded. The Capitals led the League with 56 wins and 120 points. They didn't lose back-to-back games until Dec. 31 and Jan 2, and didn't lose two in a row in regulation during the regular season. The Capitals had five winning streaks of five games or more, with a season-high nine-game win streak from Dec. 12-30.

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